Evaluation of Devolving Control to Providers in Costa Rica's Health Care System

San Jose
Costa Rica
Faculty advisor (name): 
Doug McKee

I traveled to Costa Rica over the summer. While there, I acquired data from the Costa Rican government. This data consisted of thousands of files containing information about the performance of individual clinics and hospitals as well as their negotiations and contracts with the government. This is an extremely rich source of data that could potentially become the basis of a number of academic papers. Because of the way the files are formatted and stored, it would have been impossible to obtain them without traveling to San José and speaking to government officials in the health care sector.

This program also allowed me the opportunity to interview people involved in the study and practice of the development of human capital. I interviewed a number of major players in the Costa Rican government, including the Minister of Public Education, Department Heads in the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (the provider of most health services and insurance in the country), and academics at both the Universidad de Costa Rica and UPeace, the UN charter-established university in the world.The support I received from the Global Health Fellows program will help me complete my senior thesis and provided me an invaluable experience conducting ethnographic research.